The DOJ is investigating if Trump broke 3 federal laws, including the Espionage Act. Here's what the Espionage Act is.

the doj is investigating if trump broke 3 federal laws, including the espionage act. here's what the espionage act is.

Former President Donald Trump. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

  • The DOJ is investigating if Trump potentially broke three laws, including a key facet of the Espionage Act.
  • The law relates to the illegal removal of any sensitive materials relating to national defense.
  • If convicted of violating the act, it carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.

The Department of Justice is investigating whether former President Donald Trump broke three laws — one of them being a key facet of the Espionage Act — according to the warrant unsealed by the department on Friday.

The facet of the Espionage Act relates to the removal of information pertaining to the US national defense, while the other two laws relate to the handling of government records.

Earlier this week, federal investigators seized several boxes from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, a lawyer for the former president said. According to the warrant, the FBI agents took “miscellaneous top secret documents” and “confidential” material from the former president’s Florida residence.

Sources told The Washington Post on Thursday that classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among the items the FBI was searching for during the raid.

The Espionage Act of 1917 dates back to World War I, essentially prohibiting the sharing of information that could harm the US or give an advantage to other foreign countries, according to the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University.

Section 793 of the act specifically is concerned with “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” which relates to any document relating to national defense that “through gross negligence” was “illegally removed from its proper place of custody … to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed.”

If convicted of violating the Espionage Act, it carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison, according to a report by The Guardian.

Trump has claimed that the documents were declassified (a president can declassify information through a specific process, though it’s unclear if Trump used that process), and he has not been charged with any crime.

While the name of the law refers to targeting spies, Trump could be in violation of the act due to the apparent sensitive nature of the materials seized from his Mar-a-Lago home.

“If reports are accurate and contained among these documents are some of the most highly classified information our government holds — information classified as top secret/secure compartmented information — then it would explain a great deal about why the department and the FBI took the step of obtaining a warrant to recover the documents,” Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said in a statement.

“It appears that the FBI sought to remove those documents to a safe location previously, but Trump did not fully cooperate,” Schiff continued. “Every day that information of such a classification sits in an unsecured location is a risk to our national security. If any other individual had information of that nature in their possession, the FBI would work quickly to mitigate the risks of disclosure.”

the doj is investigating if trump broke 3 federal laws, including the espionage act. here's what the espionage act is.
 Read the original article on Business Insider

News Related

OTHER NEWS

'Lady in Black' keeping Galveston's haunted history alive

With a floral veil on her head and a lantern in her hand, the Lady in Black has guided guests along the broken paths of a Galveston cemetery more than 1,000 times. Read more »

Iran accused of massacre in South amid wave of protests

A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic Footage showing Iranian security forces massacring ... Read more »

Voices: Ron DeSantis doesn’t think federal funds should be used for hurricane relief — except in Florida

Tropical Weather-Florida Death and destructions are not the only things Hurricane Ian brought to Florida this week. Along with the storm surge and high winds which devastated the southwestern portion ... Read more »

BYU faces fresh racism allegations

BYU Brigham Young University is facing new allegations of racism, The Guardian reported Friday. In a report from Nathan Kalman-Lamb and Derek Silva of The Guardian, five women’s soccer players ... Read more »

Taliban execute Tajiks during searches

A Taliban fighter walks with supporters during a celebration of the first anniversary of the withdrawal of US-led troops from Afghanistan, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, ... Read more »

The Tragic Fate of the USS Grenadier (SS-210) and Her Crew

For over 70 years, nobody knew the fate of the USS Grenadier (SS-210). Struck by a Japanese aircraft, the submarine sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, off the ... Read more »

SMU Debate Students Watch Abbott and O'Rourke Face Off in Gubernatorial Debate

NBCDFW.com On a Friday night with lots of choices, a handful of SMU students stayed on campus to see if Beto O’Rourke and Gov. Greg Abbott could stay on topic ... Read more »

Hurricane Ian: Snook Inn, dome homes destroyed on Marco Island, reports say

Two icons of the Marco Island region did not survive Hurricane Ian, reports say. The Snook Inn said Friday on its Instagram that the powerful storm destroyed the dome homes off the ... Read more »

Bill Gates says telling people to stop eating meat and buying houses will never solve climate change

Bill Gates seen walking outdoors at a conference in Idaho. Climate change will never be solved by asking or expecting others to live greener lifestyles, according to Bill Gates. Speaking ... Read more »

Hurricane Ian Threatens South Carolina After Leaving at Least 21 Dead in Florida

Hurricane Ian Threatens South Carolina After Leaving at Least 21 Dead in Florida Hurricane Ian is expected to make landfall again Friday afternoon, this time on the South Carolina coast, ... Read more »

China told US banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan to avoid publishing politically sensitive research ahead of a key Communist Party summit, report says

China told US banks like Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan to avoid publishing politically sensitive research ahead of a key Communist Party summit, report says The China Securities Regulatory Commission recently ... Read more »

Fall Target Deal Days is Coming Next Week! Here's What to Expect

It wasn’t so long ago that Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving) marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season, but with online retailers competing with brick-and-mortar stores, sales have ... Read more »

Can Alex Bowman Still Advance in the NASCAR Playoffs Despite Missing Talladega?

While Alex Bowman theoretically can transfer into the semifinal round of the Cup Series playoffs despite passing up racing at Talladega this weekend, that’s at best a secondary concern for ... Read more »

Spirit Airlines flight makes emergency landing after apparent engine fire

Spirit Airlines flight 2077 from Baltimore to Orlando returned safely to Baltimore Thurgood Marshall Airport Friday nearly 30 minutes after takeoff after experiencing a “mechanical issue,” according to an initial ... Read more »

Missouri man pleads guilty in deaths of 2 Wisconsin brothers

FILE – This undated file photo provided by the Caldwell County, Mo., Detention Center shows Garland Nelson. Nelson pleaded guilty Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 to killing two brothers from Wisconsin ... Read more »

Mother wants answers after HCSO deputies used a Taser on her son, sending him to the hospital

On September 22, deputies tried to arrest a man after seeing an alleged drug trade, but investigators say he ran and was eventually struck by a Taser. Read more »

Why Ozzie Guillen Says Blackout Game ‘Best Experience' With White Sox

Why Ozzie says Blackout Game ‘best experience’ with Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago Ozzie Guillen’s greatest achievement as White Sox manager undoubtedly was winning the 2005 World Series. ... Read more »

Traffic on I-75 stopped in Sarasota County, bridges being tested for water damage

Aaliyah Alvarado, 16, was headed to Orlando from her hurricane ravaged home in North Fort Myers Orlando when all traffic on northbound Interstate 75 came to a halt. Authorities stopped ... Read more »

Traveling on I-75? Rising water from Myakka River shuts down 14-mile chunk and forces detours

A blue ford focus is seen balanced over broken concrete and land on Pine Island Road on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022, in Matlacha, Fla. Hurricane Ian made landfall on the ... Read more »

Chicago Volunteers Depart for Florida to Rescue Animals Impacted By Hurricane Ian

Staff members and volunteers from animal shelters across the country are mobilizing to help rescue dogs and cats impacted by the devastation of Hurricane Ian. Many of the animals are ... Read more »

Arch Manning breaks Eli, Peyton Manning's career high school records

Arch Manning breaks Eli, Peyton Manning's career high school records Quarterback Arch Manning broke his high school's career passing yard and touchdown record on Friday, marks previously held by his ... Read more »

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole

Talladega Truck starting lineup: John Hunter Nemechek wins pole TALLADEGA, Ala. — John Hunter Nemechek will start on the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race. Nemechek earned the ... Read more »

Most Americans Plan To Rely Heavily on Social Security for Retirement — Here’s What To Know

Most Americans Plan To Rely Heavily on Social Security for Retirement — Here’s What To Know The majority of Americans don’t have much faith in the future of Social Security. ... Read more »

Robinhood Investors Just Got Good News

It’s been a tough year for markets, with the S&P 500 firmly in bear market territory. Young, unprofitable companies, like Robinhood (NASDAQ: HOOD), have been hit the hardest by the ... Read more »

NASCAR Got It Right on William Byron, Ty Gibbs Penalties, but What About the Other Issues Plaguing the Sport?

Better late than never, NASCAR levied stiff penalties Tuesday evening against William Byron and Ty Gibbs for unrelated but equally egregious transgressions the two drivers committed during Sunday’s Cup Series ... Read more »

Maddow Blog | Why Team Trump is now talking up 200,000 pages of Mar-a-Lago docs

In recent weeks, as the Mar-a-Lago scandal has advanced, a couple of key figures have become familiar. There’s been a lot of talk, for example, about the number 100: That’s ... Read more »

Rail Workers Are Striking In October, In The Largest Walkout Of 2022 (So Far)

Strikes are looming again for October (Photo: James Manning – PA Images via Getty Images) Rail employees are striking on three more dates this October, causing the greatest disruption seen ... Read more »

Why Bag Bans Are Nothing But Absurd Virtue Signaling

Why Bag Bans Are Nothing But Absurd Virtue Signaling https://www.forbes.com/video/6313035274112/ A number of states and localities have banned bags, usually the plastic variety but also, in infinitely misgoverned places like ... Read more »

49ers on Rams: ‘It’s the Cooper Kupp show, like no matter how you try to slice it up’

He is not noted as a receiver who simply blows past defenders on his way to the end zone. But with the ball in his hands — this time on ... Read more »

Julian Nagelsmann lauds effort of Bayern Munich defenders Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano

Julian Nagelsmann lauds effort of Bayern Munich defenders Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano Bayern Munich was desperately in need of a good showing in the Bundesliga after a very ... Read more »

Food Stamps: COLA Update Increases SNAP EBT Benefits By 12.5% Starting Oct. 1

father son daughter shop produce supermarket grocery cart_iStock-658867074 Americans who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will get a needed financial boost thanks to a major cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) ... Read more »

The Most Absurd “Solution” to America’s Assault on Women

A group of demonstrators in front of the Department of Labor hold signs supporting the Equal Rights Amendment and abortion rights as President Bush passes by in the inaugural parade, ... Read more »

Social Security update: Second check in double monthly payment worth $1,682 to be sent today

Social Security update: Second check in double monthly payment worth $1,682 to be sent today Recipients of Supplemental Security Income are set to receive the second half of their payments ... Read more »

Take A Look Inside The 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Performance Edition

Take A Look Inside The 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe RST Performance Edition With the introduction of the 2023 Tahoe RST Performance Edition, Chevrolet’s most well-liked full-size SUV has received specific performance ... Read more »

Stimulus Update: The Average Household Should Get a $8,581 Check in 2022 -- But Will It Happen?

A mom, dad, son, and daughter unpacking bags of groceries in their kitchen and playing with the food. Stimulus checks were deposited into people’s bank accounts over the past several ... Read more »

VERIFY: Fact-checking what was said during the Texas gubernatorial debate

Gov. Abbott and Beto O'Rourke went head-to-head in the first and likely only gubernatorial debate Friday. Read more »

Alabama vs. Arkansas schedule, game time, how to watch, TV channel, streaming

Alabama vs. Arkansas football schedule, game time, how to watch, TV channel, and streaming info Week 5 college football schedule: Alabama vs. Arkansas How to watch When: Sat., Oct. 1 ... Read more »

Kevin Harvick’s Crew Chief Rodney Childers Talks About Bad Hits and Why 1 Crash at Texas Made Him Want to Throw Up, and It’s Not Alex Bowman

Kevin Harvick. Joey Logano. Denny Hamlin. These veteran Cup Series drivers and numerous others have said the Gen 7 car produces bigger hits than ever before. Kurt Busch hasn’t said ... Read more »

How much will the Fed raise interest rates in 2022? Here’s what experts are saying

Fed Chair Jerome Powell speaks with lawmakers at testimony Measuring how active the Federal Reserve has been in 2022 isn’t just about keeping track of the number of times it’s ... Read more »

Kevin Harvick rips NASCAR for unsafe cars after driver injury

Kevin Harvick During last weekend’s Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway, a brutal wreck left driver Alex Bowman with concussion-like symptoms that will keep him out of next week’s ... Read more »
Breaking thailand news, thai news, thailand news Verified News Story Network